11th Annual Milton Monster Dash
5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run
In Memory of Sam Cichello
Sunday 11:30 Registration opens
October 25, 2009 12:30 Costume parade
Cunningham Park 1:00 5k Start
75 Edge Hill Road 1:15 Kids fun activities
Milton, Massachusetts 2:00 Awards
Costumes Encouraged DJ Refreshments
About the Monster Dash and Milton Foundation for EducationThe Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE), a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget.
All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident.
To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in the Milton public schools. Some examples of initiatives made possible through grants from Sam’s Fund include:
• Each class in grades K-5 gets a visit from a Trailside Naturalist.
• Students in grades 3 and 5 participate in the Junior Naturalist Program at the Trailside Museum.
• Supplies for all of the classroom science activities.
Each year, the MFE awards grants twice a year to teachers or staff in each of the town’s public schools. In the last year, the MFE has awarded more than $24,000 in grants to fund such things as percussion instruments at Pierce Middle School, science non-fiction books to enhance curriculum and aid research projects at the elementary schools, and math software for smartboards.
Once a year, the Milton Foundation for Education presents Outstanding Teaching Awards to seven teachers or staff in the Milton public schools. The award recipients are surprised in their classrooms with a party and then honored at a public reception at Milton High School.
Each fall, the MFE sponsors Celebration for Education, a gala event that raises money for various initiatives in the public schools. Over the past ten years, proceeds of Celebration for Education have funded Language Arts, Physical Education, Libraries, Music, and Science and Technology. This year’s Celebration for Education is on Saturday, November 21, 2009, and the theme is “Up and Away: Beyond the Basics.” Proceeds from this year’s Celebration will fund enrichment activities and initiatives at all the schools and the ongoing work of the MFE.